I don’t know about you, but sometimes it can be really hard for me to pray. I have trouble with just sitting down and thinking of things to pray for without becoming bored.
The reality is, God intended for prayer to be an intimate and personal thing between Him and His children.
I would like to share some ways that I have discovered that makes this possible.
Joy is a key word my mom taught me concerning prayer, It stands for Jesus, others, then yourself. When you pray, you are supposed to put Jesus first, others second, and yourself last. So you would thank God for all He has done for you, then pray for others needs, then pray for your own needs.
God wants us to talk with Him like we would talk with a friend. Some people are appalled by this because in their minds, God should not be made so personal. God thinks differently, though. He wants us to draw near to Him so that He can do the same with us. The following is a list of a few ideas I have about making prayer personal. Try a couple and see what works for you.
1. Have a prayer journal
You can either buy a journal or make your own. My journal is just a 1″ 3-ring-binder with notebook paper. You would then journal your prayers. A variation of this is a sketchbook, if your would rather draw than write.
2. Make a prayer list
Make a list if people to pray for. Leave room to write down requests for each person. Then tape it somewhere where you will see it everyday. This is a great visual reminder to pray.
3. Write letters
Writing letters has the same concept of a prayer journal, except you write your prayers individually and keep them in a safe place. Later, you can read them to see how God has blessed you.
4. Nature walk/ride
Going on a walk or riding a bike is a great way to clear your mind to pray. Just make sure you are not with or by too many distractions.
5. Secret Place
Find a quiet, hidden spot either outside or in the house to pray at. This way, you have a secret meeting place between you and God.
What ways have you found that help make your prayer life unique? Please take a moment to share them in the comments below.
All for Him,